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All Grain Brewing / Re: Specific gravity issue...Dump or Keep?
« on: March 25, 2012, 08:09:52 AM »
Like others have said, I think you just got really bad efficiency because of the process in the recipe.  You basically did an all grain recipe, as 6 TBS of brown sugar in a 5 gallon batch isn't going to add much gravity and is probably there for flavor.  What you'd normally do for a recipe like this is mash with 1.25 - 2 qts / lb of water and then sparge (rinse) the grain with more water to extract as much sugar as possible form the grain.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Doomsday yeast vault?
« on: March 24, 2012, 09:16:21 PM »
Where are you getting your barley?  Or propane?  Or water, for that matter.  How do you keep your yeast viable without energy for refrigeration?

I'd be much mire concerned about preparing for battle in the thunderdome.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How to use a pH meter
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:51:01 PM »
Did they try replacing the probe?  I have the MW 102 and haven't really had any problems with it.  When you see the hour glass go away, you should be able to take a reading.  It may drift a little after that, but not by as much as you're seeing.  You should be moving the probe around slowly as you take the reading;  otherwise, diffusion from the probe can affect the sample directly in contact with it.

I pulled mine out of the storage solution after a month and the 4.01 solution reading was dead on, and the 7.01 read around 6.98.

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The Pub / Re: Christ, what an...
« on: March 23, 2012, 12:31:12 PM »
The Power of the Internet should google bomb this guy until the first search for his name returns something Santorum-ly appropriate.

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The Pub / Re: Colt To Bronco.
« on: March 21, 2012, 10:12:16 AM »
Hahahahaaaaa.  And I thought the Jets three ring circus couldn't get any worse!  New England fans are gonna love this.

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It sounds to me like it was written by someone who works at a brewery in the office and has no idea how beer is really made or how to homebrew.  It also sounds like the directions were suspect.

That said, whatever.  It seems the author doesn't want to know more about brewing, that's fine.  It doesn't speak well for the brewery to have this on their FB page.  Aren't they in DE?  Maybe Ron should stop by and straighten them out :)

Yeah, on second reading, it's just a kid who probably got started at the bottom of the brewing business.  The real problem is that someone thought it was a good idea to post this on the FB page.  Interns also in charge of social media, perhaps?  ;D

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The Pub / Re: Strangest thing you have found in your bag of grain?
« on: March 21, 2012, 08:07:09 AM »
I did find Ally Sheedy in a bag of Munich once.

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I'm mostly German too, but I've been very indifferent about a lot of issues lately.  People take things too seriously and take them too far.  Maybe I've been drinking too much of the water lately...

Yeah, the fluoridation will make you a complacent citizen.  Before you know it, you don't even care that some crappy local brewery is insulting homebrewers!

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Not surprising, I guess.  Old Dominion has been been on my list of not worth drinking since the Virginia brewery got bought out.

I thoroughly enjoy the part where he says that you do not add aroma hops to a stout because "Stouts generally do not have an estery smell."  And that you normally chill the beer in the lauter tun.

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The Pub / Re: Colt To Bronco.
« on: March 19, 2012, 02:48:46 PM »
Tebow to Titans!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2012 Entry Link
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:49:29 AM »
Another question. It looks like in the "View/Change/Print Entries" section of the entry form you could change to a totally different beer category. If a beer isn't aging the way you'd like, can you switch to something else after you already declared the style when registering? And if it is aright, do you have up until the last day (March 28th) to make the decision?

You can change the style, but I think you have to reprint the labels for your bottles, so you have to do it before you ship.
Were you planning to change beers AFTER you ship? :)

Ha.  I guess I misread that as changing the style category he was entering the beer in, not changing the actual beer.  :)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mike McDole...Brew System...Recipes?
« on: March 18, 2012, 12:45:52 PM »
I do a 30 minute whirlpool rest followed by a 15 minute knockout on beers that have flameout hops. I skip the extended rest on other beers and knockout after a five minute whirlpool.

Does the whirlpool time start at the end of the 90 minute boil, with no heat added? What happens during the 15 minute knockout?  Seems I may have had the terms/processes confused and combined.
My hopguard doesn't make a proper whirlpool easy. My process has been to hook up my chiller/pump and begin recirculating the wort to sanitize the chiller during the last ten minutes of the boil.  If I have flameout (knockout?) hop in the recipe I will continue recirculating hot wort without running cold water through the chiller for 10 minutes. Next I'll run cold water through the chiller and continue recirculating until I can get the wort coming out of the chiller down to about 55 or 65.  Then it's off to the fermenters.
Anyone see problems in my process or ideas that would improve it?

The whirlpool is recirculation of hot wort to get a trub cone to form.  It sounds like the knockout is additional time where the wort is hot, but without recirculation.

Whether or not you're recirculating, I think the general idea is to let the wort sit hot (180-200 F) with the hops steeping.  This has been referred to as a hop stand:

http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=76188&sid=c6d4eb4e4ddac25e7be16624214290dd

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Events / Re: AHA 2012 Competition
« on: March 18, 2012, 11:53:20 AM »
The weather this time of year is not extreme, so I personally wouldn't bother going through the trouble of shipping cold or overnight.  It's going to be in a cellar temp truck or warehouse somewhere along the way, most likely.  If you are careful to avoid oxidation during your brewing process, going from cold to warm to cold is not really much of an issue.  But it's your choice.  Just make sure nothing you put in there to keep it cold will leak.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2012 Entry Link
« on: March 18, 2012, 08:47:28 AM »
Another question. It looks like in the "View/Change/Print Entries" section of the entry form you could change to a totally different beer category. If a beer isn't aging the way you'd like, can you switch to something else after you already declared the style when registering? And if it is aright, do you have up until the last day (March 28th) to make the decision?

You can change the style, but I think you have to reprint the labels for your bottles, so you have to do it before you ship.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg & carboy washer
« on: March 16, 2012, 08:30:05 PM »
I was looking at it, but for $99 (not including two more keg disconnects, which aren't cheap) I wanted a more powerful pump.  I picked up a 3000 GPH sump pump on amazon for $50 and some pvc and made my own.  Lots of info out there on keg washer builds if you feel like making a project out of it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MDBdirxAZ0

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